Since the introduction of the MRT system in 1987, the daily lives of locals have been transforming. How has the MRT system evolved and what does the future hold for it?
Since the introduction of the MRT system in 1987, the daily lives of locals have been transforming.
Everyday, thousands of commuters board the MRT from early morning, attempting to report to work on time. During the evening, we doze off to the train’s chugging rhythm along the tracks. As it is, the trains play a pivotal role in fueling our economy. We have now grown reliant on using the MRT to maneuver around the island, with 2.65 million trips being made each day. From a humble 67km network, our MRT tracks have expanded to the current 149km, and we are not stopping.
In another 4 years, the network will grow to 199km, adding 39 more stations in the North South Line Extension (NSLe), the Tuas West Extension (TWE) and the Downtown Line (DTL).
Looking into the future, by 2030, Singapore aims to have a total of five MRT lines, stretching the total rail system to a massive length of 360km.
The two new lines – Cross Island Line (CRL) and Jurong Region Line (JRL), will be connected to all existing lines.
The CRL will run from Jurong Industrial Estate and pass through areas such as West Coast, Bukit Timah, Ang Mo Kio, Punggol and Pasir Ris before ending in Changi.
What lays ahead is a promising prospect of increased accessibility around Singapore, with easy mobility from East to West, North to South. And it is our engineers, planners, architects and builders who will hold the key to building this future into a reality.
All local MRT systems design will be done in Microstation. So skill up your Microstation abilities to play a crucial role in constructing our future rail networks.